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Trans-Canada Highway Inaugurated on a September 3rd

On September 3rd, 1962, Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker officially opened the Trans-Canada Highway at a ceremony in British Columbia. Construction of the highway began in 1950, two years after the decision was made to build it. The highway was completed in 1971.

Known under a different number in each province, the Trans-Canada is divided into several routes currently totalling 7,821 km of roadway. The route stretches west to east from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic coast, making this national the world’s longest highway. Over the years, the Trans-Canada was expanded to up to four lanes on its busiest stretches.

Today, the Trans-Canada Highway is not a single route, strictly speaking, but a collection of several interconnected routes that cross Canada from one coast to the other.